Have you ever suffered from spiritual burn out? Do you know what the causes are? Have you recovered emotionally and spiritually from that experience or are you stuck in a spiritually depressed place where you can’t fully be and do what God has for you to be and do?
If you are currently suffering spiritual burn out, please, please continue to read this spirit-led message so you can break free from that terrible place where you might feel hopeless and spiritually useless. Those of you who know Pastor G and me from our journal posts know that we live and experience most of what we write and preach about. Spiritual burn out happens to many. The good news is that it doesn’t have to last forever. You can indeed break free and move forward in your walk with God with fresh joy and spiritual purpose.
Some of the causes of spiritual burnout and suggestions for recovery are:
1. Pushing yourself beyond what you know your limits are. Please understand God expects you to do what you can. Unless it’s a special task from God where He will empower you to go beyond your limits, respect yourself enough to know when to stop. You can’t be spiritually effective if you are running close to empty.
2. Neglecting spiritual necessities like prayer and bible study. These are what keep us spiritually empowered. With the exception of real emergencies, place your spiritual needs first and take the time you need to replenish. You’ll be amazed at how spiritually productive you can be even though you have less physical time to do what God wants you to do.
3. Having unrealistic expectations. As people, we are results-oriented. It can be truly discouraging to be consistent for God and see no fruits for your very diligent labor. The truth is, we never know how we impact other lives. What God wants is for us to continue being and doing whatever it is He has for us to be and do. For Him, that’s more than good enough. We need to see things from God’s perspective and not our own.
4. Listening to the negative from satan and his instruments. Ever wonder why Jesus told Peter to “get behind Me, satan”? Christ knew full well the path He had to follow and actively chose not to listen to those who were mistakenly sure He was wrong. satan’s thinking is distorted, and ours can be, too, if we listen to him instead of to God.
5. Loving others more than yourself. God’s way of life is balanced. He wants you to be sensitive to your needs. Jesus learned about those needs personally when He was among us, and He took time to take private prayer breaks as well as breaks from the crowds that surrounded Him. Jesus knew He needed to regroup. He is our example. Following Him means more than obeying His commandments, although, now that I think about it, God’s law of love towards Him, others and self definitely applies here.
Pastor G and I pray you apply the above recovery principles to your own spiritual life. You can recover from spiritual burn out. God’s word is our instruction book for living, and when you truly live the word, it brings spiritual health, energy, purpose and productivity.
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